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Third baseman Jose Ramirez will have his $12 million option for the 2022 season picked up by Cleveland. Ramirez continues to get better at baseball, and he finished the 2021 season with an outstanding .893 OPS with 36 home runs and 27 stolen bases in 152 games for Cleveland. The 29-year-old just finished the final guaranteed season of his four-year, $26 million deal, but he also has an option for the 2023 season. The three-time All-Star has one of the most team-friendly deals in franchise history, and the three-time Silver Slugger winner will remain a fixture atop Cleveland's lineup going into next season. Ramirez's option for the 2023 season will be worth $14 million, which should still be a huge bargain for one of the best all-around players in baseball.
Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez has been hot at the right time for fantasy managers. He's had one of his best months of the year in September. Over 25 games this month, he's slashing .316/.433/.544 with five home runs, seven stolen bases, 15 RBI and 20 runs. He's struck out just 13 times this month while walking 17 times. The 29-year-old veteran has 36 home runs, 26 stolen bases, 99 RBI and 107 runs over 145 games on the year. His 15.3% whiff rate ranks in the 94th percentile of the league and his .502 xSLG ranks in the 85th percentile.
The Cleveland Indians activated starting pitcher Shane Bieber (shoulder) from the 60-day injured list on Friday. Bieber has pitched to a 3.28 ERA and a 3.10 FIP in 90.2 innings while striking out 130 batters and giving up 33 walks. The right-hander is also starting on Friday night against the Chicago White Sox. Despite the tough matchup and the fact that Bieber is coming back from an extended stint on the injured list, he's someone fantasy managers should have in their lineups against the White Sox, even in the event that he doesn't pitch that deep into the game.
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Shane Bieber (shoulder) will return to the rotation for Friday's game against the Chicago White Sox. The Indians ace has been out since mid-June due to a strained right shoulder. He has been rehabbing at Double-A lately to get back into gear. In his last rehab start on Sunday, he allowed three runs over 3 1/3 innings. Bieber likely won't go much longer than about four innings in Friday's start, so he isn't a must-start for fantasy purposes. However, he's worth stashing for fantasy managers playing into the final week of the year. Over 14 starts on the season, Bieber has gone 7-4 with a 3.28 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.
Cleveland Indians outfielder Harold Ramirez went 2-for-2 with a run scored and four RBI in Sunday's 11-1 win over the New York Yankees. Ramirez started the game with a two-run single in the first and then replicated that performance with another in the third inning. He has been a solid acquisition for the Tribe and has hit 13 home runs and driven in 36 across just 209 at-bats this season. His role heading into 2022 is uncertain and is not worthy of stashing in dynasty leagues. He could make for a solid sleeper candidate, however, if given more playing time next season.